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Fall 2017 Newsletter
A message from
Shanon Shea Miller, AICP Director
Happy fall, everyone! September and October have been busy months for OHP. I hope you'll take time to review our news below to see what we've been up to since we last checked in. Aside from reviewing more applications for work on your historic buildings than ever before, our dedicated staff organized some amazing events.
Our ninth annual Historic Homeowner Fair , originally slated for August, was rescheduled to September 30 due to record-breaking Hurr icane Harvey. We were thrilled to host more than 1,400 attendees at the fair this year in the wonderful Pearl Stable and the San Antonio Area Foundation. Among other things, we kicked off a discussion about appropriate infill in our historic districts. Ultimately, this effort will result in updated infill guidelines which will increase clarity, consistency, and predictability in the design review process.  
In other news, the annual Power of Preservation PROMednade takes place October 26 at the Villita Assembly Hall and will be catered by celebrity chef and local restaurateur Jason Dady. Tickets are available via the Power of Preservation Foundation , which supports hands-on preservation projects across San Antonio. This year, all proceeds will go to the restoration of the Atlee B. Ayers-designed home at 107 W. Craig. The Villita Assembly Hall, designed by O'Neil Ford and opened in 1959, hosted many local high school proms, so it's only appropriate that this year's gala theme is GREASE! Break out your saddle shoes, poodle skirts, and leather jackets, and get ready to dance! (Period attire isn’t required but definitely encouraged.) Grease is the word!
News & Announcements
Historic Homeowner Fair Draws a Crowd
Presented by Wood Window Makeover, the ninth annual Historic Homeowner Fair, held September 30 at the Pearl Stable and San Antonio Area Foundation, drew more than 1,400 attendees from across Texas. The fair featured demonstrations, speakers, and vendors invested in historic home maintenance. We're working on our recap video and will post it shortly, so be sure to keep an eye on our Facebook page .

Living Heritage Symposium Explores Cultural Preservation
OHP hosted the first Living Heritage Symposium, September 6-8. Local, national, and international advocates worked together to develop tools and strategies for managing cultural heritage and sustainable development.

Restored by Light Showcases Lost Mission Frescoes
On October 8, as part of the World Heritage Festival , Restored by Light III brought back to life the vivid frescoes of Mission Concepcion. The event celebrated our city's culture, art, and heritage with mission tours, music, and food.

S.T.A.R. Connects Historic Homeowners, Students
Students Together Achieving Revitalization (S.T.A.R.), in partnership with UTSA, SAC, and the Historic Preservation Association, worked on seven homes in the St. Cecilia Neighborhood of San Antonio on October 7 and 8.

City Unveils Alamo Artifacts for
Texas Archaeology Month
On October 12, OHP hosted an event at which never before seen artifacts from the Alamo were unveiled. Free to the public as part of Texas Archaeology Month, Archaeology at the Alamo followed a press event introducing the pieces.

Programs & Initiatives
OHP and the World Heritage Office are creating a design manual for the Mission Historic District and landmarks within the World Heritage Buffer Zone. OHP is looking for public input, and there are two ways to participate:

Attend the Community Meeting
Monday, November 27, 6-8 PM
Stinson Municipal Airport
8535 Mission Road

Complete our Online Survey
This is a visual preference survey that helps OHP and the World Heritage Office get a sense of the community's attitudes toward different building types and design styles. It takes about five minutes to complete.
For more information, contact us at .
Upcoming Events
The next SApreservation 5k Guided Run/Walk Series gets spooky! Don your costume and join OHP and Fleet Feet Sports for a fitness-focused guided tour that explores San Antonio's Eastside Cemeteries! On this haunted adventure, you'll meet several of the cemetery’s most infamous residents. We'll start at Fairchild Park at 9 AM and run about three miles; the run isn't timed. We’ll award door prizes and prizes for the best costumes.

$10 Registration (tour only)
$25 Registration (includes T-shirt)
The SApreservation 5k Series is a great way to experience San Antonio’s historic sites and get fit. At stops along the route, tour guides share the stories behind the buildings, homes, neighborhoods, and parks that make San Antonio unique. Runners and walkers of all abilities are welcome.
Don't miss the preservation party of the year! The Power of Preservation PROMendade returns October 26, 6:30 PM at the Villita Assembly Building.

Designed by O'Neil Ford and completed in 1959, the Villita Assembly Building hosted proms for many local high schools. To honor the building's history, this year's Preservation PROM theme is GREASE!
For more information, contact .